Life Lately

Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Life has been overly busy lately.  I'm not even sure where I begin! But let's find a starting point...

Back in October I took over a new role - I am now co-owner of Indianapolis Moms Blog, the premier parenting website for Indianapolis. We are slowly sorting our way through this business and in the process we have begun to grow an amazing group of writers with a strong and loyal readership. I'm learning a lot about myself in this process. I'm figuring out how it works as a business owner, I'm learning how to manage and collaborate effectively with my co-owner and I'm growing as a person in every aspect imaginable. Being a part of IMB has helped me find my voice again and I've met some amazing people that I would have never known otherwise. I'm excited to see where this journey takes me and hope you will follow along with us!

So what does that mean for this blog?

I have been stewing over this because working full time as a teacher and running two sites isn't happening. But I love my blog and what I have grown it to be too much to let it go. My plan is to continue writing and being visible again but getting back to my roots - focusing on the experiences and life stories of my family. I love sharing my mom life stories because I get it, #momlife is hard! And it's fun to be able to laugh with other people and compare your stories. So that's my plan, getting it focused more on my family and continuing to write so I can have this personal diary to look back on in the years to come.

So let's get to it - what HAVE we been up to lately?

This kid is a rockstar. Kindergarten has been amazing for him both socially and academically and I couldn't be happier with how things are going for him. I love his teacher and school which makes all the difference. His reading and math levels are age appropriate and it has been fun, both as a mom and a teacher, to watch him grow academically. The kid killed flag football season and scored at least one touchdown every game. Next year it's pads and the whole shebang, which will be interesting. He starts basketball next week and then baseball is right around the corner. Cohen is the typical big brother - a lover one minute and a torturer the next. I'm pretty sure it just comes with the territory. While he has a rough exterior the kid is still super sensitive which drives his dad nuts. Personally I don't have a problem with it and feel it just adds to his character. He really had a sweet, sweet heart. Cohen is growing up into an amazing little boy and I struggle to think that he is already halfway through Kindergarten. Time is such a jerk.

Miss Sassy turned 3 in November and may the threenager gods save my soul. One moment she is sweet as can be but the next minute she turns into a hormonal teenager. Girl threenagers and boy threenagers are completely different. I'm not sure I'll make it through one more girl...
Lola loves all things princess, baby and Doc McStuffins and has to wear a dress everyday. The kid refuses to stay in her pjs all day (unlike her brother) and has to get dressed the second she wakes up. Lola is loyal to her people and when you're her friend, you're her friend for life. She is still super mommy attached and shy in unfamiliar situations. I'm hoping to get her into preschool next year to watch her bloom and become more social and less attached to my hip. Lola started ballet last week and I'm not sure who is more excited - me or her. While her shyness took over most of the class, I'm confident this will help her come out of her shell. That darn paci continues to be a thorn in my side and I have slowly started clipping the tips back in anticipation that she will just throw them away. Despite her threenager tantrums, Lola is my sweet little girl and continues to melt my heart on the daily.

Bam Bam has officially turned one! The kid is a champion climber and I have never seen someone go up stairs so fast in my life. After months of ear infections, Remy got tubes in December and it has made a WORLD of difference. While her sleep isn't perfect, it definitely is a million times better. Remy no longer just walks - she runs, jumps and basically sprints to wherever she needs to go. As far an appetite the kid eats more than Cohen and Lola combined. I'm watching her snag a bowl of crackers from her sister as I type this. Remy's favorite word is Dada but will say Ohla (for Lola), Mama, Nana, Sat (for What's that?) and waves bye to anyone that looks her way. She loves to shake her head yes and no and the moment she hears music the girl gets low. Remy can also turn a clean room into a disaster in less than ten seconds which is how she gets the name Bam Bam. But boy does this girl have her Dad wrapped around her finger!

I have missed you all and look forward to getting back into the swing of things!  But now, my wine glass is empty and the Real Housewives are calling my name so I'm sure you can infer what that means.


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